Nawaz Sharif appears on course to secure a majority in Pakistan’s parliament and form the next government after claiming victory in Saturday’s election, BBC informs.Unofficial results suggest his Pakistan Muslim League has won easily, though he has reportedly opened talks with independents to guarantee a majority. He has already been congratulated by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
US President Barack Obama also pledged to work with the new administration. Mr Sharif is set to become prime minister for the third time.Former cricketer Imran Khan, whose Movement for Justice Party (PTI) is in a close fight for second place, has promised to provide genuine opposition. Analysts say Mr Sharif, 63, is in a far stronger position than the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) which led a weak coalition often on the verge of collapse. Pakistani media say Mr Sharif’s PML-N has so far captured at least 125 seats with the PTI and the PPP on around 30 each.